An Exception to the Rule

This piece is by Shae Selix, intern at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Hazon partners with The Arava Institute for the Israel Ride, raising money for students who wish learn about environmental research and peace-building.

Through my Masa scholarship, I have had the privilege to work for the past three and a half months at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura. Like many Masa students, I have been able to see the beauty of Israel, from the acacia trees in the Negev, to the mystical waters in the Dead Sea, to the Jerusalem stone in the capital. I feel that my experience may be particularly unique because at the Arava Institute I have had the opportunity to experience how Jews and Arabs have the potential to not only live peacefully together in Israel, but also become great friends.

Of course, due to the timing of my stay, I have also seen that this is not always the case. Only weeks ago, the State of Israel was in armed conflict with Gaza. At the Institute, we all had to watch together as Israel was again in the spotlight of the world stage, and hopes of peace in the Middle East seemed even further set back. For many new residents of Israel, this surely represented a first opportunity to witness the tragedy of the conflict here in person.

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If Not Now Society 2013 Inductions

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Please join us as Hazon & Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center jointly present the 2nd annual “If Now NowSociety” induction event, honoring Richard Dale, Nili Simhai, Saul Kaiserman, Mira Schwartz

April 30th 2013, 6pm
Central Synagogue

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Torah of Food Registration Now Open!

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Register before April 19 and save $25!

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2013
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, CT

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Upper West Side Bike Lane Extension Approved

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From Our Friends

Forward on Climate February 17th in DC

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Multiple busses are leaving from Manhattan and Brooklyn at 7PM on February 17.



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